RYA Recognised Training Centre

Training

Courses

RYA courses for Sailing, Windsurfing and Powerboating are available in our accredited RYA Training Centre.

Programs

Club racing programs promote improvements in individual sailing skills.

Junior club summer school provides our Junior Members with valuable experience leading to formal qualifications.

Learn to run racing events with our ODD (Officer of the Day) program

“Discover Sailing”

The club supports the RYA “Discover Sailing” initiative to promote this wonderful sport.  Taster sessions are always available for you to try.

Instructors

Members are encouraged to get involved in club training events. 

Senior Instructor, Instructor and Assistant Instructor positions enable members to pass on their interest in the sport.

Safety Boat, First Aid and VHF courses supplement these skills.

Courses For All Levels

Our RYA program of courses is designed to take candidates at all levels through structured training to enable members to get the best out of the sport and acheive their potential.

Select the course below for full details.

Dinghy Sailing

A series of two-day courses for adults (16 years and over) wanting to learn in dinghies.  We can offer RYA Levels 1, 2, 3 and Seamanship courses.  Where members want to learn with their children we can run a parallel course leading to Stages 1 to 3 in the Youth Scheme for those under 16 but in general junior sailors are encouraged to join the Saturday Ops’n Tops club.

Windsurfing

START Windsurfing
Perfect course for those new to the sport, taking you through all the basics to get you on the water.

INTERMEDIATE Windsurfing
For those looking to improve in planing and non-planing conditions

Powerboat

An introduction to launching and recovering a boat from a trailor, everday boat handling and safety equipment.  Learn close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations,  Levels 1 and 2.

Kids Club

Our junior sailing club usually starts in May and runs through the summer on Sat from 10.00 to 12.00.  The club is open to junior members and children of members.

Instructor

The RYA (or equivalent) one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective.  It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages..

One to One

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Look out for our Open Days

Special offers and discounted courses are offered during our Open Events.

Discover Sailing

“Discover Sailing” is the initiative from the RYA coming out of the sad death of Andrew (Bart) Simpson and the Bart’s Bash events.  “Discover Sailing” is advertised during the month of May each year to enable new entrants to the sport to get on the water.

The club extends this throughout the year by providing 2 hour taster sessions to new entrants.  These are provided on demand space permitting.

Dinghy Sailing

A series of two-day courses for adults (16 years and over) wanting to learn in dinghies.  We can offer RYA Levels 1, 2, 3 and Seamanship courses.  Where members want to learn with their children we can run a parallel course leading to Stages 1 to 3 in the Youth Scheme for those under 16 but in general junior sailors are encouraged to join the Saturday Ops’n Tops club.

Windsurfing

START Windsurfing
Perfect course for those new to the sport, taking you through all the basics to get you on the water.

INTERMEDIATE Windsurfing
For those looking to improve in planing and non-planing conditions

 Powerboat

An introduction to launching and recovering a boat from a trailor, everday boat handling and safety equipment.  Learn close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations,  Levels 1 and 2.

Centre Principal and Chief instructors

Mark Girven

Mark Girven

Centre Principal

 

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Mark Girven

Mark Girven

Chief Instructor - Dinghies

 

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Martin Ashby-Smith

Martin Ashby-Smith

Chief Instructor - Windsurfing

 

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Norah Girven

Norah Girven

Chief Instructor - Powerboat

 

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Testimonials

“Seeing the children learn to Sail at beautiful Clowbridge on the Ops n’ Tops course was brilliant. My teenage son had never sailed before and he now loves his new hobby for life! He’s ready for the RYA Level 2 Sailing Qualification and he wants to learn more. He made friends, gained so much confidence and a huge sense of achievement from Sailing – the team at RVSC are brilliant. As a Mum, I highly recommend taking your child to try it out – and I’ve even begun to take part myself!”
Becka S

“I learned to Windsurf at RVSC as a young boy and am still enjoying sailing at Clowbridge 35 years on. I enjoy the landscape – and if there’s going to be wind anywhere, it’s up at RVSC! My children are now learning to sail there too which is great to see.”

Wayne D

“I joined the youth Ops n’ Tops course, expecting Sailing to be very difficult and I was unsure at first. Over Summer, I soon began to love Sailing and am very happy to now be ready for the RYA Level 2 Assessment. I had a lot of fun with the other kids, the instructors are really helpful and I am now very confident on the water. I am planning to do more courses next year and maybe even look at Instructing when I am an adult.”

Ashton C

Contact the RYA Principal

For more information or to discuss any of the courses and training events contact the RYA Centre Principal

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Registration

You can Register for a course directly through MyRVSC our online system